MarkForte

Mark Forte - Archival Fine Art Photography

New Mexico, United States · 4 Sales

MarkForte

Mark Forte - Archival Fine Art Photography

New Mexico, United States 4 Sales On Etsy since 2009

MarkForte is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Darn. It's the holidays, and I am wrapping up shop for a few weeks. When I return, however, I plan to offer many new items that I have previously offered only at arts fairs. These include hundreds of personally produced greeting cards and wood boxes on which I have transferred some of my images. There will be many new prints, as well.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit my website at www.markforte.com where you can get a taste for a sampling of images that will be available soon. And you can always contact me to request specific items.

Until then, I wish you all the very best for the holidays and the New Year!

Mark
http://www.markforte.com

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 8, 2014

Darn. It's the holidays, and I am wrapping up shop for a few weeks. When I return, however, I plan to offer many new items that I have previously offered only at arts fairs. These include hundreds of personally produced greeting cards and wood boxes on which I have transferred some of my images. There will be many new prints, as well.

In the meantime, please feel free to visit my website at www.markforte.com where you can get a taste for a sampling of images that will be available soon. And you can always contact me to request specific items.

Until then, I wish you all the very best for the holidays and the New Year!

Mark
http://www.markforte.com

Mark Forte

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Mark Forte

About

Presenting the Spirit of Time, Place and Memory through Photography

I worked for many years in architecture and architectural education. All along, I used photography as a means of documenting architecture. In the process, I have realized that my interest in architecture is not so much about creating buildings, but in understanding the nature of built space and I worked for many years in architecture and architectural education. All along, I used photography as a means of documenting architecture. In the process, I have realized that my interest in architecture is not so much about creating buildings, but in understanding the nature of built space and how it has been used over time. Architecture has become more about the spirit of time, place, and memory than about the physical buildings, and I enjoy exploring how I can photograph this more ephemeral aspect of architecture.

In looking at my photography, you may find it reminiscent of work from the late 1800s/early 1900s. The prints seem to have a sepia tone, but they also have color. They are soft, and yet they are contrasty. I call them polychrome prints.

Polychrome is not an established technical process; I call them polychromes, because they fall somewhere between a typical monochrome print and a full-color print, and this term seems the most accurate. They are less “real” than color prints, yet less abstract than monochrome prints. They occupy a delicate space between reality and abstraction that seems to pull the viewer into a sort of dream space.This is partly due to the way I process the images and partly to the way I print them.

Because I approach my work very much as a craft, I take great pride in handling every step of the processing, printing, and framing. I produce all of my work using only archival, museum grade materials, such as 100% cotton and pigment inks, which give my work a rich, luscious texture that complements the subtle tones of the images, while giving it great longevity.

This attitude is very much in line with the philosophy behind Etsy, and it made very good sense to me to open an Etsy shop and bring my work to a wider audience. I hope you will take some of your valuable time to look at my work. Most items have lengthy descriptions that will give you more insight into how I work as well as background information on the subject of the photograph.

You can learn more about polychromes in my book of the same title: http://www.etsy.com/listing/81277228, or more about my approach to photography in general in Duotones, Color & Transformations: http://www.etsy.com/listing/81278145

My website, http://www.markforte.com has many more photographs for viewing. If you are interested in any of them, please send me a message, and I can make it available through my Etsy shop.

My work has been exhibited in galleries in Berkeley and Albuquerque as well as at the Universities of New Mexico and Notre Dame. It is also in private collections in the United States, New Zealand, Greece and Turkey.

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  • Mark Forte

    Owner, Fine Art Photographer, Printer, Author

    After 30 years of using photography in my architecture work, I have realized that my primary interest is not in creating the physical buildings, but in how I can use photography to represent the spirit of time, place, and memory in two dimensions.

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    My publications are produced with the help of blurb.com and createspace.com. I have copies of these books in house which allows me to inspect and sign them prior to delivering them to Etsy customers.

  • createspace.com

    United States

    My publications are produced with the help of blurb.com and createspace.com. I have copies of these books in house which allows me to inspect and sign them prior to delivering them to Etsy customers.

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Last updated on August 29, 2013
In looking at my artwork, you may find it reminiscent of photography from the late 1800s/early 1900s. They seem a bit like sepia-tone prints, but they also have color. They are soft, and yet they are contrasty. I call them polychrome prints.

Polychrome is not an established technical process; it simply means that the images are composed of several colors. Indeed, the printer I used to produce these prints uses eight colors. I call them polychromes, however, because they fall somewhere between a typical monochrome print and a full-color print, and this term seems the most accurate.

Of course, this is not simply a question of color saturation. These prints seem to exhibit a distinct patina - like the materials of their subject matter. My intention in processing each image is to recreate the memory that the subject impressed upon me.

We have all photographed subjects that deeply moved us only to find that the resulting image was nothing like what we remembered. It seemed to lack not only depth, color and texture, but also the uncanny sense of being in a place through which many generations have passed. In my images I try to recover those qualities, to evoke the same sensations and to spark the same flights of imagination.

To achieve this in the flatness of a photograph I have developed a personal way of working with color and luminance. Working with eight color channels, I carefully adjust their characteristics to bring out this “patina of place”. The resulting prints evoke stories that seem to be flicker just beneath the surface. In viewing this collection, perhaps you will discover these and other stories, as well.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Credit Card & Paypal payments only, and will prepare your order once payment is completed. All custom orders must be paid in advance and in full.

New Mexico residents will be required to pay New Mexico state (gross receipts) tax upon checkout.
Shipping
Shipping price includes the cost of handling, packaging materials, and carrier charges.

I will use the address provided on the PayPal receipt, unless specifically instructed otherwise. Please make sure the shipping address is correct. If a package is returned because it cannot be delivered as addressed, you will be responsible for the cost of reshipping the package.

United States Orders: I ship to all destinations in the US.

International Orders: I do not currently list international shipping costs, because they vary considerably. If you would like to place an international order, please contact me with the details of your order, and I will gladly calculate the shipping cost and can create a reserved listing for you if you wish to proceed with the order.

Methods
United States Postal Service - First Class or Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation and Insurance
UPS Ground - used when USPS charges will be more expensive. Includes additional insurance for items valued above $100.

I print most of my items to order, so please expect 3-5 working days before order ships. Custom requests may take longer, especially if custom design, large quantities, or special materials are requested. In situations where ship time will be longer, you will be notified in advance. (Make sure your contact information is up-to-date.)

Expedited shipping can be arranged for an additional charge. As always, if you have questions, please contact me.

Note: International customers are responsible for any required customs duties or taxes.
Refunds and Exchanges
I take great care in creating, presenting, and packing my artwork. Please select your items with equal care as I do not provide refunds or exchanges. In the unlikely event that an item arrives damaged, please contact me immediately. Unless instructed otherwise, you should hold onto the item until a claim is filed with the carrier. I will replace the damaged item only upon receipt of the returned item. Please repack the item in its original packaging materials. If the package's condition is not suitable for a safe return, please repackage the item appropriately, as you will be responsible for any damage incurred in return shipping.

If you receive an item that you did not order, please notify me within 10 days of receipt to arrange for return of the item. I will replace it only upon receipt of the returned item and reimburse you any return shipping charges not to exceed the original shipping charge. Please repack the item carefully in the original packaging, as you will be responsible for any damage incurred in return shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
I produce all my work using only archival, museum grade materials. Not only does this give the prints great longevity – tested to more than 275 years by Wilhelm Research – but it also provides a rich look and luscious texture that complements the subtle tones of the images.

Bear in mind that your computer display will cause an item to appear somewhat different in color and contrast from the actual artwork. It will also have difficulty conveying the texture and tone of the print paper. Even my own system cannot match the rich softness of my prints!

Prints
I insist on furnishing all prints with 100 percent cotton museum board mats and backing. I hinge-mount the prints to the backing, which is itself hinged to the front mat. Title, signature, and date, in pencil, are below each image and visible through the mat opening. Limited edition prints also have the edition number.

Limited Edition Prints
All limited edition prints come with a signed Certificate of Authenticity which provides detailed information about the print, its materials, and its care.

The price of a limited edition print varies according to its number in the edition. I print in editions of 50 with price increases occurring at numbers 11, 21, 31 and 41. So you may find images in the same edition with different prices.

Cards
These, too, I created using only archival museum-grade materials. Title, signature, and date are penciled below each image.

Both the card sets and matted prints come in sealed archival polypropylene sleeves.


Reserved Items
Custom orders will be listed as RESERVED in your name for a period of 7 days. After which you will be contacted to say the item listing has been deleted. If you still desire the item, please contact me. I will, however, relist the reserved item for 2 days only.

Studio Environment
All work is produced in a smoke-, pet-, and meat-free environment (except for the odd fish.)
Peanuts, soy, wheat, or eggs may have been consumed during production.
Chocolate definitely was.